Tarpon Bay Explorers

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Tarpon BayIf you want to see Florida by water, Tarpon Bay Explorers is your place for adventure! From paddle- board lessons to cruises to guided tours, they have it all and welcome visitors to explore beautiful Tarpon Bay. Tarpon Bay Explorers is the licensed concessionaire of the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and provides educational and recreational opportunities under contract with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is open seven days a week, offering cruises, tours and equipment rentals.

Tarpon Bay has been rated by Canoe & Kayak Magazine as “one of the top 10 places to paddle in the nation.” Naturalist-led kayak tours through the mangroves along Commodore Creek will introduce you to the flora, fauna and wildlife in this ecosystem. Tours leave at 8:30, 10 or 11:30 am, or 1:00 pm.

If you haven’t tried standup paddle boarding, Tarpon Bay will be an excellent place to learn. A Paddlefit Certified Naturalist will guide you in a 90 minute tour to explain the basics of the sport. Tours begin Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 am. All skill levels are welcome, but to join a tour you must be at least 13 and weigh a minimum of 90 pounds.

If cruises are more to your liking, there are many to choose from, including a Breakfast Cruise, an Evening Cruise to explore the Rookery Islands, or a Nature and Sea Life Cruise where dolphins and manatees are often spotted. The Sea Life Cruise also includes time spent with a naturalist to explore the Touch-Tank, where any number of Tarpon Bay sea animals are on display and offer hands-on fun.

You can rent all sorts of equipment, including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, or even pontoon boats for the entire family. Rent fishing equipment for the catch of a lifetime! Once you are ready for some time on land, arrange to tour the Wildlife Refuge on the 1 ½ hour tram tours that depart six times a day.

All in all, Tarpon Bay offers so many unique Florida experiences and brings the wonders of Sanibel up close and personal. Call them at (239) 472-8900 for prices or more information, or go online to tarponbayexplorers.com. Tarpon Bay Explorers is located at 900 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel.

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